PUBG is third highest-grossing game ever on Steam

PUBG is third highest-grossing game ever on Steam

Another day, more news of Playerunknown's Battlegrounds' absurd achievements.

According to Valve chief Gabe Newell, as reported by IGN, PUBG has generated the third-highest amount of money on Steam ever.

The Steam exec says that the game has been successful for a number of reasons, including the opening up of the Chinese games market.

We're going to go out on a limb and say that the top two slots go to Valve's own DOTA 2 and Counter-Strike: Global Offensive. 

"You can have a relatively new game like PUBG, and [...] they can capitalise on all the other multiplayer games, and all of the technology, [and] the fact that China is now a huge market for anybody who does PC game development," Newell said.

"So PUBG can come out of pretty much nowhere and become the third largest selling game on Steam’s history. Their gross revenue over all-time is already number three in fairly short order."

The narrative right now goes that PUBG is losing out to Epic's free-to-play battle game Fortnite, which is beating the premium title in terms of concurrent playerbase.

Playerunknown's Battlegrounds is also said to be losing players due to the rampant cheaters it has within the game, something that PUBG Corp is working hard to rectify

PUBG has sold more than 30m copies since its March 2017 release date.

The encounter between IGN and Newell will be the media briefing last week where the exec announced that Valve would once again be focusing on software development.

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